Google April Fools’ a flop? Ingenuity has left the building
I can’t be the only one thinking this. Recent years have been so good on the Google April Fools’ front but this year’s offering falls disappointingly flat, courtesy of CADIE. In 2007 we had the brilliant Google Flushdrive (which essentially involved flushing cables down a toilet for connectivity) and in 2008 we were treated to the ingenious Google Custom Time which ‘allowed’ you to back-date emails – primarily for mischief making. Both ideas were great April Fools’ trickery.
This year, however, Google have unveiled CADIE Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity for April 1st. And it just seems like a massive damp squib to me. It’s something about, um, oh go and read it for yourself.
There’s a quirky blog deliberately designed to look amateurishly bad which features Cadie the panda – go figure. It’s ‘something’ I guess…. if you like that kind of thing. As if that were not enough, though, there’s a YouTube channel and some explanatory text. Hmm.
Seriously, Google: you’ve let us down for April Fools’ this year.